U.S. Open returning to Oakmont, Shinnecock Hills

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The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced sites for the 2025 and 2026 U.S. Open Championships, naming Oakmont Country Club in suburban Pittsburgh, Pa., and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., respectively, as the host sites.

For Oklahomans interested in seeing another golf championship return to the state, the  likelihood increases that the next major golf event held in the state will not be a fourth U.S. Open to go with those held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa in 1958, 1977 and 2001.

Officials at Southern Hills and Oak Tree National in Edmond continue to communicate with the USGA, PGA of America, LPGA and PGA Tour on a variety of possible events. Nothing is firm at this point.

The 2025 U.S. Open at Oakmont will mark the 10th U.S. Open on the iconic H.C. Fownes design, the most of any U.S. club, and the 17th USGA championship. It will be held June 12-15.

In addition to 2016, Oakmont previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994 and 2007. Oakmont’s 17 USGA championships are tied for second-most among U.S. clubs, behind only Merion Golf Club, which has hosted 18. Other USGA championships contested at Oakmont include five U.S. Amateurs (1919, 1925, 1938, 1969 and 2003) and two U.S. Women’s Opens, in 1992 and 2010.

Henry Clay (H.C.) Fownes remained president of the club from its inception in 1903 until his death in 1935. His son, William Clay, was the 1910 U.S. Amateur champion and a former USGA president who served as the club’s president until his resignation in 1946. Father and son, who were very close and shared a determination to make Oakmont the sternest championship test possible, tweaked the course throughout their tenure to maintain its exacting standards.

The 2026 U.S. Open will be held June 18-21, and will mark the sixth U.S. Open and ninth USGA championship at Shinnecock Hills.

Past U.S. Opens contested at Shinnecock Hills include the second U.S. Open in 1896, when James Foulis outlasted Horace Rawlins by three strokes, and the 100th U.S. Open in 1995, won by Corey Pavin over Greg Norman by two strokes. Shinnecock Hills also hosted the U.S. Open in 1986, when Raymond Floyd broke away from Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins to win by two strokes, and in 2004, when Retief Goosen captured his second U.S. Open, defeating Phil Mickelson by two.

Additionally, the USGA has conducted these national championships at Shinnecock Hills: the 1896 U.S. Amateur (won by H.J. Whigham); the 1900 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Frances Griscom); and the 1977 Walker Cup Match (won by the USA).

Shinnecock Hills will also host the 2018 U.S. Open, and is the only course to host the championship in three centuries. The 2026 U.S. Open will be the 20th in the state of New York and the 11th on Long Island.

Willie Davis designed the original 12-hole course in 1891 before expanding it to 18 holes in 1895. Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation helped build the original layout. A series of renovations ensued before William Flynn designed and Dick Wilson built the modern course, inspired by those on the British Isles, in 1931.

"You can’t write the history of Shinnecock without writing the history of the USGA, and vice versa,” said Barrett N. Pickett, Shinnecock Hills president. “Our relationship today is stronger than ever. We are honored to host the 2026 U.S. Open, 130 years after our first in 1896.”

In 1894, Shinnecock Hills was one of the founding clubs of the USGA along with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Newport (R.I.) Country Club, Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club and Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. It is also the home of the first clubhouse in the United States, designed by Stanford White and opened in 1892.

Other future U.S. Open sites are: June 15-18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.; June 14-17, 2018, at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.; June 13-16, 2019, at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links; June 18-21, 2020, at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.; June 17-20, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif.; June 16-19, 2022, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.; June 15-18, 2023, at The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club; and June 13-16, 2024, at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

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